Memorial Service for Young Deceased RIP

Remembering deceased young people – Prayerful remembrance

The Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) will host a Remembrance Service in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport at 5pm.   All young people are invited to attend this unique experience marked by song, movement, prayer and story.   Trish O’Brien, Director of Youth Ministry for the Tuam Archdiocese said “This will be an occasion when young people can gather together to be a support for one another and to have hope that although their friends have gone from their sight they are still with them and can continue to influence them to live the very best of life.  It will be a chance to hear from others who have experienced the loss a young person, and how they live with this loss. It will also be a time for reflection on life and death.”

The event is enhanced greatly by two inspiring guest speakers:

Martina Goggin’s only child, Éamonn, aged 26, died following a car crash in the Summer of 2006 in their home village of Spiddal, Co. Galway.  As were Éamonn’s wishes his organs were donated for transplantation.  Martina and her husband Denis, set up a charity called Strange Boat Donor Foundation. The aims of the foundation are to  help raise awareness of the importance of this life giving cause, and to give comfort, consolation and support to all those affected by organ donation and transplantation. The Foundation is currently involved in the creation of a national public garden titled “Circle of Life”, and is located in a seafront park in Salthill, Galway city.  It will be a place of commemoration, reflection, inspiration and healing for all.

Fionnbar Walsh is a Hotel Manager in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.  He lives in Tralee, Co. Kerry and will speak about the five year journey he had to make, and which is continuing, as a result of Cancer.  He is a rugby coach, referee and plays a little music.  Fionnbar enjoys a bit of cycling, actually is a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra), because of a deal he did with his son.  Why would we even want to listen to him?  Because of late he is better known as “Donal’s dad!”  Donal, his son, died of cancer at 16,  but not before inspiring a nation by his will to live. His Anti-Suicide message especially among teenagers has had a very strong impact across the country.  Fionnbar and his family continue to spread this much needed message.

Further details can be found at by contacting Trish O’Brien

093 52284/  or



1. Donal Walsh with his father Fionnbar who will be speaking at the Youth Remembrance Event in the Castlecourt Hotel this Sunday

2. Martina Goggins in the “Circle of Life ” garden in Salthill, Co. Galway. “A place of commemoration, reflection, inspiration and healing for all.”

3. Eamonn Goggins who lost his life in a car accident.  His death led his parents Martina and Denis to establish a Garden in Salthill, Co. Galway. A place of commemoration, reflection, inspiration and healing for all.

4.  Advertising poster of event

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